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Saturday, December 7, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Hattenburg, Woodard win seats on Spokane Valley Council; Peetz, Rasmussen only 4 votes apart

Preliminary results show one moderate, and one conservative candidate pulling ahead Tuesday night, and one race that was too close to call.


Initiative limiting vehicle registration fees jumps out to solid lead in early count

Spokane voters gave a big win to Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax initiative strictly limiting vehicle registration fees to $30 a year, according to election results Tuesday.


Astronaut casts Pennsylvania absentee ballot from space

An election official in Pennsylvania didn’t think anything of the absentee ballot application until he saw the out-of-this-world voting location. The New Castle News reports that the application to Lawrence County’s voter services department listed the location as “International Space Station, low Earth orbit.”


Live Coverage: 2019 General Election

Nadine Woodward was winning the race for Spokane mayor Tuesday night, while voters approved a preemptive ban on a Spokane income tax, gave the legislature broad powers in case of a catastrophe and Tim Eyman may have scored a vehicle registration fee victory.


2019 General Election

In the first call of the night, Ben Stuckart has conceded the race for Spokane Mayor to Nadine Woodward.


Analysis: Candidates for Spokane’s mayor have taken confusing, but understandable postures. So does either one have the advantage?

Tuesday’s election features a candidate running pretty much as the incumbent mayor, though he isn’t the incumbent mayor, against an opponent who for the most part concedes that she’s running against the incumbent mayor, though he is not.


Realtors dump more than $620,000 to influence Spokane elections, but not all agents like the group’s new spending

The Washington Realtors Political Action Committee has led the charge in breaking Spokane election-spending records this year. But not all local Realtors are pleased that their industry is taking center stage in this year’s heated contest for power at City Hall.


Spin Control: Play it again, Congress: As daylight time goes by

Time has come today, as the Chambers Brothers would say. But it’s not daylight saving time.


Council president race gets less civil, with Wendle defending doctored photograph, PAC calling her ‘reptile’

Cindy Wendle used a distorted photo of Breean Beggs in a recent mailer, and Wendle was the target of a recent uncivil ad calling her a “hollow-eyed reptile.” While Beggs condemned the attack on his opponent, Wendle defended the mailer.


CdA Councilman Dan English draws challengers Tom Morgan, Lacey Moen for seat

The incumbent said he wants to see several development projects through to completion, while the challengers argue the six-member panel is not representing the entirety of Coeur d’Alene on major issues nor involving them enough in the policy-making process.


Mayor David Condon releases 2020 budget, notes ongoing questions for successor

The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting new police officers and long-term services for the homeless, that need to be addressed, he said.


Spokane Valley election spending grows slightly, while Spokane races break records

While spending in Spokane elections have hit a record breaking $1 million, Spokane Valley’s election spending hasn’t surpassed $120,000, which is slightly above what candidates normally spend.


Both sides assert affirmative action referendum will help veterans

Lawyers disagree on whether new affirmative action programs under Referendum 88 will help or hurt veterans.


Only 1 candidate for Liberty School District board remains eligible

Mark Bullock and Andy Schenk both appear on the ballot for school director position No. 5 for the district in southern Spokane County. But Schenk resigned his post in July and public records indicate he’s moved out of the district, leaving Bullock as the only eligible candidate.


CdA council incumbent Gookin says he demands answers, while challenger Pereira says he’s ineffective

Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin says it’s his job to push for transparency. “I am the councilman who asks the tough questions,” he said. “I believe in transparency. I believe I represent the common people. My goal for my next term is we need to preserve the character and charm of the city.”


Fuse justifies lie as way to show Woodward not being transparent

Political group that questions Nadine Woodward’s honesty had someone lie about their presidential support in an effort to get her to say she voted for Donald Trump.


Voter turnout steady so far in Spokane County, despite big increase in spending

Despite the unprecedented spending in this year’s municipal races, and a ballot filled with ideological opposites, the election of 2019 is on course to have the same voter turnout as recent years.


As economies grow, so does homelessness in cities like Spokane, evidence suggests

Like other cities in the West, homelessness in Spokane has risen even as the economy has grown.


New Fairfield Town Council member faces challenger

Fairfield Town Councilwoman Jamie Paden is facing a challenge from Mark Matherly as she seeks to keep the position she was appointed to last year after it was vacated by a council member who moved. Paden said she started attending City Council meetings soon after she moved to Fairfield three years ago because she wanted to be involved in her new community.


Realtors boost already big spending on four Spokane candidates, including Nadine Woodward

With a week to go before city elections, the money race in Spokane is gathering speed.